World Lit: Writing a synthesis essay, day 1


  • ELAGSE9-10W1 Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
    1. Introduce precise claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that establishes clear relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.
    2. Develop claim(s) and counterclaims fairly, supplying evidence for each while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both in a manner that anticipates the audience’s knowledge level and concerns.
    3. Use words, phrases, and clauses to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships between claim(s) and reasons, between reasons and evidence, and between claim(s) and counterclaims.
    4. Establish and maintain an appropriate style and objective tone.
    5. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.

Learning Target: I can synthesize various sources to formulate a position and express it in an argumentative paper.

Opening Session: Let’s review the prompt we’re working with and your choices:

What influence has the single greatest impact on a person’s individual cultural identity?

You can choose to write about any of these things, or come up with your own:

  • Race
  • Religion
  • Ethnicity
  • Gender
  • Parents’ cultural identities
  • Individual personality
  • Nationality
  • Where someone lives


Work Session: We begin today to work on your second Embedded assessment! This is an argumentative essay. Here are the requirements for this paper:

  • At least 750 words in length.
  • Typed in MLA format (Times New Roman, Size 12, Double Spaced, with proper header)
  • Your file must be named LastNameFirstName_Unit1EA2
  • Upload your file to
  • Your paper is due at the end of class Monday, February 12th. 

I would recommend you take about 15 minutes to do some prewriting, choosing your quotes and mapping out how you’re going to write your essay. When you’re done with that, go ahead and grab a laptop from Frederick the Laptop Cart, and get started!

Closing Session: Save your work, restart your laptop, and properly return them to Frederick!

Assessment: Formal – essays will be graded

Differentiation: Scaffolded essay assignment, quote banks

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